SewThankful Coil Zipper Tip #2 – Selecting Zipper Length

Go BIG — bigger really is better in this case.  When sewing a zipper into a closed application, such as a tote, it is extremely helpful to select a zipper size that is 3 – 5 inches longer than the fabric edges it is being sewn on to.

Why? Because, when you select a longer zipper length, you can move the zipper pull past the seam line so it does not interfere with your presser foot.

After attaching both edges of the zipper tape, when you sew the side seam lines of the bag, you will simply slide the zipper pull into the middle of the zipper, sew both side seams, then trim off the extra zipper length at the seam allowance.

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One Response to “SewThankful Coil Zipper Tip #2 – Selecting Zipper Length”

  1. pat says:

    sorry answered my own question…

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